Common Law Section Awarded Two SSHRC GrantsThe Common Law Section was awarded two separate “Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences” grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
The grants were awarded to professors Ravi Malhotra , Mark Power , Teresa Scassa and Mistrale Goudreau , as well as Madelaine Saginur , Executive Director of the Centre for Technology and Law.
Professor Teresa Scassa, the principal applicant of one of the two grants, as well as Professor Mistrale Goudreau of the Civil Law Section and Madelaine Saginur, Executive Director of the Centre for Technology and Law, were successful in obtaining a grant which will partially fund a workshop in May 2012 entitled “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Intellectual Property Law”. This two-day workshop will bring together scholars from various disciplines, including law, anthropology, translation, political science, criminology, sociology, English, communications, information and media studies, visual arts, human kinetics and medicine. Participants will reflect on the theme of multidisciplinarity in emerging intellectual property, a field which has evolved as a site of contention over what it means to think, to create and to participate in culture and society. Papers presented at the workshop will be published in a peer-reviewed book that will be the first collection of its kind in Canada.
The other grant was awarded to Professor Ravi Malhotra, the principal applicant, and Professor Mark Power, to partially fund the Ottawa Law Review Symposium entitled: “Symposium: the Past, Future and Present of Section 1 of the Canadian Charter on Rights and Freedom s”, which was hosted at the University of Ottawa on February 9, 2012. The event commemorated the 25th anniversary of R. v. Oakes. This landmark Supreme Court of Canada case has had a lasting impact on many Charter challenges and the interpretation of its section 1, which provides that reasonable limits to the Charter may be prescribed by law as can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society. The Symposium consisted of panels of academics, judges and practitioners from across the country who presented on several aspects of the related section 1. Articles of speakers at the Symposium will be edited and published in a special issue of the Ottawa Law Review.